Never Tell a Lie

Never Tell a Lie

by Hallie Ephron
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Never Tell a Lie 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 437 reviews.
mollyMR More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since a book has held my interest such as this one. It brings to mind alfred hitchcock, with it's twists and turns. You do not know what really happened until you are almost done. I could't put it down. I would recommend it highly and really think it would make a great movie.
HoneyReeves More than 1 year ago
I used to tease myself and say I was the only person who could not figure out who did it on Murder She Wrote! Some fog must have cleared from my brain as I figured this plot out about half way thru the book. However,there is always the chance I could have been wrong(I was not) so I kept on going. The suspense parts near the end were done well for the type of book this is. All in all a rainy Saturday afternoon book!
breezy0203 More than 1 year ago
You know the old saying, "the suspense is killing me!"? that quote describes this book in more ways than one. From the development of the characters to the plot, the thrill ride never seemed to end. Hallie Ephron sure knew how to draw the attention toward the characters and make their situations seem so real.This is one of the many mystery books that you would not put down from page one to whenever the book ends. I highly recommend this book. It is great for summmer reading as well as when ever you have downtime. But i caution do not open this book on your busy day as you might not be able to get anything accomplished.
TommieT More than 1 year ago
Great book. It definately kept me on my toes and I wondered throughout the entire book of who did what to whom and when. But, when we got to the ending it just ended. It wasnt a run for your money kind of moment but a bam, caught you. But all in all, great book.
BookLover526 More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the synopsis of the plot but like my fellow reviewers, found it predictable, the characters not well delinieated and I, too, guessed where the story was going. Having said that, it's a great beach read or a good way to kill a weekend when you have nothing better to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing more to say about this book but that it is boring and completely predictable. The story line is very simple, there are no twist and turns, and no character development.
Booklover331 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, the story was well thought out and it certainly had me guessing. The characters were well formed and it never lagged. It's about one small lie that blossoms into something bigger. The main characters are a husband and wife and a woman who re-enters their life briefly. It is a very good read.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those thrillers where the main character has all kinds of things happening around her and she doesn't know why and evidence keeps mounting against her and her husband for something she knows nothing about. Ivy Rose is pregnant and she and her husband David decide to hold a garage sale. One of the odd customers at the garage sale is Melinda White who Ivy barely knows and hasn't seen since high school. Ivy last sees Melinda going into the house with David and thinks nothing of it. Then wierd things start to happen. Ivy comes upon her neighbor throwing away a trunk and Ivy decides to look through it before throwing it away herself. Several people come looking through the trashed trunk on Ivy's curb including a woman that looks like Ivy herself. Then the police come looking for a missing Melinda White who was last seen at Ivy's house. As David was the last person that Melinda was with and his explanation of things is strange, Ivy starts maybe suspecting that her husband was involved in the disappearance. The book moves along at a pretty rapid pace and the reader seems to feel Ivy's anxiety and fear like the blind woman in the movie Wait Until Dark. The book builds to a good tense climax and leaves you wondering about a few things at the end. A very fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
INTERESTING STORYLINE, TERRIFIC CHARACTERS. A REAL PAGE TURNER.
mysterygirlSC More than 1 year ago
If you are a real mystery/thriller reader this book will do nothing for you.
I guessed the plot soon into the story. It was a quick, easy read nothing redeeming about the book jumps out at me. I bought it because I am low on reading material and didn't expect it to be numbered among my favorites.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In their thirties Ivy and David Rose have been a couple since high school. Both are excited with Ivy being pregnant and the Victorian house they have bought in Bush Hills, Massachusetts where they plan to raise their children. However, they need to rid themselves of what was left behind by the previous owner, but rather than just junk, the Roses decide to have a yard sale.

A former high school classmate, pregnant Melinda White arrives to look over the items for sale. She almost breaks a mirror before buying something. David gives a tour of the house to the excited Melinda who insists she played there as a kid. Later no one notices when Melinda left, but that night Ivy looking out her window notices someone who looks like Melinda looking through the junk left for the morning.

Three days later the local police detectives visit the Roses to question them about the reported missing Melinda. Inside a trunk left out that night is her bloodied top and a bloody knife found in David¿s truck A message by David on Melinda's answering machine further incriminates him in what the cops begin to think might be a murder though no body surfaces. Ivy trusts her David though she knows how he treated Melinda back in high school, but begins to believe someone is framing him as everything is too obvious, but who and how to prove it remains the questions.

Although the motive behind the disappearance and the evidence pointing at David has been used frequently in books and movies, Hallie Ephron uses them effectively with a terrific late spin that focuses on how far someone will go with out of control compulsive obsessive behavior. The cast is realistic especially the beleaguered Roses and Melinda; who is mostly developed by how others perceive her. Readers will enjoy this engaging dark psychological suspense investigative thriller.

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This book kept me guessing until the end.
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There's a movie about this book called, "And Baby Will Fall". It's a really good movie.
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Good book but I also found it to be predictable, many of my theories were correct, like other readers I continued to read because I didn't know if I was right. I didn't really like the ending. Overall good easy read.
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I saw a Lifetime movie version of this book sometime last year. As are most Lifetime movies, they aren't exceptional but they can hold your interest. I noted in the opening credits that this was based on a novel and wrote the author down. I completely forgot about it until I ran across this book in a bargain bin several months later. I picked it up and wasn't able to put it down. It was a quick read and a great story! It's rare that I stick to one author for any period of time but I'm now reviewing other Hallie Ephron options for future reads!
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